Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 4th, the 215th day of 2014. There are 150 days left in the year.

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Trotz confident he can fix what ailed Capitals.

Lightning coach tries to downplay expectations.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today's Birthdays: Richard Belzer is 70. Billy Bob Thornton is 59. U.S. President Barack Obama is 53. Daniel Dae Kim is (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) 46.

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Tampa, FL. -- Goaltender Ben Bishop has signed a two-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Saturday.

Read the rest here.

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Freedom of the press was established on this date in 1735 with an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that "the truth is not libelous."

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USA Squads Split Opening International Games
at U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp
USA Blue Edges Finland, 2-1; USA White Falls to Sweden, 4-3
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - International competition began today at the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp. USA Blue pulled out a 2-1 victory against Finland with goals from Louie Belpedio (Skokie, Ill./U.S National Under-18 Team) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./U.S National Under-18 Team). USA White fell short against Sweden, 4-3. USA White's Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./U.S. National Under-17 Team) tallied two goals, and Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill./Miami University) also scored.
For complete recaps, boxscores, highlights and photos, click here.


USA Blue Tops USA White, 5-2, 
at U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp
USA Blue tallied 13 points from 11 different players
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - USA Blue raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and held on for a 5-2 victory against USA White to begin play at the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp.Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich./University of Michigan) and Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y./U.S. National Under-18 Team) each had a goal and an assist for USA Blue.
For complete recap, boxscore, highlights and photos, click here.

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The Revenue Cutter Service was formed on this date in 1790. This U.S. naval task force was the beginning of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Regina, SK. --The 2014 season is a long way from being over, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders may have found that successful formula. The Riders used another solid effort from a defense that came out with high intensity to force some early turnovers as they demolished the expansion Ottawa REDBLACKS 38-14 Saturday night.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the 3-2 Roughriders is a game at the 5-1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, August 7th. Game time in 8:30pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com.

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"The Saturday Evening Post" was published for the first time as a weekly on this date in 1821.

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2014 CFL Replay: A look back at Week 6.

Confidence booster: BC injected with timely dose of pride.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1922, the death of Alexander Graham Bell, two days earlier, was recognized by AT&T and the Bell Systems by shutting down all of its switchboards and switching stations. The shutdown affected 13 million phones.

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Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

Read the rest here.

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A truck overturned on an Indiana interstate, spilling thousand of pounds of butter. [There was a strong traffic advisory and cholesterol warning.]

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- An odd homestand drew to a close on Sunday, when the Rays took a 7-5 loss to the Angels at Tropicana Field.

Read the rest here.

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Thanks to a 7-year-old girl who told Lego its toys are boring, the company has created a female scientist set. The new set has figurines that study dinosaurs, map the stars, and perform lab experiments. Lego says the kit was created by actual geophysicist Ellen Kooijman.

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New York, NY. -- Even as the Giants' hitters stood tall in Sunday's 9-0 rout of the New York Mets, Madison Bumgarner's performance loomed over everything.

Read the rest here.

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The uranium rush began in Saskatchewan, Canada on this date in 1954.

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Jimmy starts his swing

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as summer vacation, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1956 - 
Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" were released. 

1960 - Elvis Presley was fitted for brown contact lenses for his role as Pacer Burton in the movie "Flaming Star."


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The first potato flake plant was completed in Grand Forks, ND on this date in 1958.

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Today in Beatles History:


1966 - 
A ban of the broadcast of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The ban was in response to John Lennon stating that the band was now more popular than Jesus Christ. 

1980 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began recording their album "Double Fantasy."


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On this date in 1958, Billboard Magazine introduced its "Hot 100" chart, which was part popularity and a barometer of the movement of potential hits. The first number one song was Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool."


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Today in Sports History:


1934 - 
Mel Ott became the first major league baseball player to score six runs in a single game. 

1956 - William Herz became the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 miles per hour. He was clocked at 210 mph. 

1957 - Juan Fangio won his final auto race and captured the world auto driving championship. It was his the fifth consecutive year to win. 

1983 - New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warm-ups and accidentally killed a seagull. After the game, Toronto police arrested him for "causing unnecessary suffering to an animal." 

1984 - Carl Lewis won a gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympics. 

1985 - Tom Seaver (Chicago White Sox) achieved his 300th victory. 

1985 - Rod Carew (California Angels) got his 3,000th major league hit. 

1986 - The United States Football League called off its 1986 season. This was after winning only token damages in its antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League. 

1996 - Josia Thugwane won a gold medal after finishing first in the marathon. He became the first black South African to win a gold medal.  


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The Fairness Doctrine was rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission on this date in 1987. The doctrine had required that radio and TV stations present controversial issues in a balanced fashion.


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NEWTON, Iowa — The well-worn script read something like this: Brad Keselowski swoops in from the sky.

Read the rest here.

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An Illinois man is accused of trying to kill his female roommate. Allen Hall of Decatur, Illinois, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery. Police allege that Hall turned angry when he learned his roommate ate three Chips Ahoy! cookies for breakfast.

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LONG POND, Pa. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. realized that it took a bit of luck for him to win at Pocono Raceway in June. But he knew his team was firing on all cylinders Sunday when he completed the season sweep.

Read the rest here.

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Guardian of the Galaxy has turned a motley band of space criminals into box office gold. The opening weekend take for the Marvel movie destroyed the previous August record for the United States and brought in big bucks from overseas theaters as well. Guardians of the Galaxy was expected to earn around $65 million domestically for its opening weekend - instead it made $94 million. Globally Guardians pulled in $160 million.

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – Scott Dixon wasn’t pleased with qualifying 22nd for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, but it didn’t matter 90 laps later at the checkered flag.

Read rge rest here.

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NOW YOU KNOW - More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 2:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 8:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 2:15pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

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